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== What is in This Collection?  ==
 
== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
This collection includes christenings, marriage, and membership records from 1856 to 1988. Also, some indexes for several parishes in South Africa and surrounding countries are included.
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This collection includes christenings, marriage, and membership records from 1856 to 1988. These records are from various areas of Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  
===Reading These Records===
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=== Reading These Records ===  
These records are written in Afrikaans. See the section [[South Africa, Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#For Help Reading These Records|For Help Reading These Records]] for translation helps.
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These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
 
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*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
===To Browse This Collection===
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*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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*[[South Africa Language and Languages]]
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
  
 
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==  
 
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The following information may be found in these records:
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*Name of child  
 
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*Date and place of baptism  
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'''Marriage'''
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
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*Race of both husband and wife  
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*Names of witnesses  
 
*Name of officiant at ceremony
 
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1918294 South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
 
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
 
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
 
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
 
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1918294 South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===   
 
 
===For Help Reading These Records===
 
 
 
Some records are in Afrikaans. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
 
 
 
*[[Afrikaans Word List]]
 
*[[South Africa Language and Languages]]
 
 
 
==What Do I Do Next?==
 
 
 
===I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===   
 
 
                          
 
                          
*Use the age to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.                            
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*Use the age to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records                             
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify  
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country.                  
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/South_Africa_Vital_Records_Index vital records indexes] in the country                   
*When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.                            
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*When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors                           
*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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*[[South Africa Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900
  
 
===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===                 
 
===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===                 
 
                
 
                
*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful.                                    
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful                                   
*While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.                            
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*While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times                           
 
                        
 
                        
*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.                          
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation                           
*Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.                        
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well                         
*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|local genealogical societies]].
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*Search the indexes and records of [[South Africa Societies|local genealogical societies]]
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800  
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another
*Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors.<br><br>
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*Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors<br><br>
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Records
Collection years: 1856-1988
Languages: Afrikaans
Title in the Language: Suid-Afrika, Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
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Reformed Church Archives, Potchefstroom


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes christenings, marriage, and membership records from 1856 to 1988. These records are from various areas of Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's birth date
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name of person performing baptism

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Race of both husband and wife
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's country of birth
  • Groom's occupation and residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's country of birth
  • Bride's occupation and residence
  • Marriage by license or banns
  • Consent or order for marriage given by whom
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiant at ceremony

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year of baptism and marriage

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Country
  2. Select Province
  3. Select Municipality or Town
  4. Select Record Type and Years to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another
  • Be aware that there may have been some transcription errors


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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